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Leaders call for sobriety in bipartisan talks

A section of leaders has urged legislators leading bipartisan talks to resolve issues raised by the opposition to put the interests of the country at heart.

Led by State department for Interior and National Administration Principal Secretary (PS) Dr.Raymond Omolo, the leaders said the talks should yield fruits for the benefit of all.

The talks which are meant to address issues raised by the opposition coalition led by their leader Raila Odinga are expected to kick off on Tuesday.

The Interior PS made the remarks in Homa Bay town Saturday accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot, Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda, MPs Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Paul Abuor (Rongo), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Nelson Koech (Belgut) Japhet Nyakundi (Kitutu Chache North), Felix Oduor (Lang’ata) and Mukunji Gitonga (Manyatta).

They spoke during a fundraiser at Homa Bay Central SDA church in Homa Bay town.

Senator Cheruiyot said MPs engaged in the bipartisan talks should come up with a solution to end the dispute in the country.

“Bipartisan talks are commencing on Tuesday. Let us have hope that the talks are going to yield fruits so that Kenya remains a united country,” Cheruiyot said.

The Kericho Senator said differences in opinions among political leaders should not tear the country apart.

“It is a fact that the cost of living is high and there is a food shortage in the country. The government is solving the problem by giving Kenyans subsidised fertilisers to increase production. Such differences should not divide Kenyans,” Cheruiyot said.

Nyamita challenged MPs leading the talks from both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza sides to avoid selfish interests.

He argued that chest thumping can only aggravate the situation rather than solving the intended problems.

Nyamita said that the talks should prioritise the interest of Kenyans rather than the interests of individual leaders.

“I call upon leaders from both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza parties to avoid chest thumping in this matter. Let them be driven by the interests of the common man who is suffering in Kenya,” Nyamita said.

Prof Ojienda challenged Kenyans to embrace peace to create a conducive environment for economic growth.

He said it is through peace that people can undertake business activities to enhance economic growth.

“I urge the people of Nyanza and the entire country to avoid violence and focus on economic activities to enable us to address some of the economic issues affecting the country,” Ojienda said.

He told Nyanza residents to support President William Ruto’s government so as to benefit from development projects.

“Let us support the government as the people of Nyanza to enable us to get development projects,” Ojienda added.

PS Omollo urged Nyanza residents to respect all elected leaders in the country to enhance harmony and peaceful co-existence.

“Any leader who was elected and sworn into an office in this country was chosen by God. Let us respect them as required by the Bible,” Dr Omollo said.

The Rongo legislator Paul Abuor also urged political leaders in the opposition to respect President Ruto’s government.

“Let us all respect the government and work with the President,” Abuor said.

By Davis Langat

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